Alexa Skills - Developer Voice And Vote

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  1. Audio quality in audio tags is abysmal. Audio is already limited to 90 sec in total and max 5 tags in ssml. That is fine, but the biggest issue is that It is really hard to produce good sounding audio with these restrictions (mp3/16khz/48kbps). It would be great if these restrictions would be increased, to as much as possible. This would help to build more engaging skills with great audio inserts.

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  2. The ask-cli expects that I want to develop my Lambda in Node.JS and deploy through 'ask deploy'. That's very limiting.

    In our case we use AWS SAM (= CloudFormation) for Lambda deployment because we develop in Python. So in our workflow we use AWS-CLI + SAM for Python Lambda deployment and ASK-CLI for Alexa Skill / Model manipulation.

    To create a new skill we would love to have the option to set the Lambda URI straight away and disable all ASK-CLI lambda handling. Something like:

    ask new --name blah --lambda-uri arn:aws:lambda:...

    It should be a pretty straightforward change and would…

    9 votes

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  3. For custom slot types, regular expression should also be allowed. This can help with lot of complications when it comes to custom slot types

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  4. When you request Alexa to sing a song she will but there are no SSML tags to allow developers to request this using code

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  5. If you could include a scoring (percent) in ERSUCCESSMATCH for synonyms it would be very helpful to either guide the dialog to get more information, or make a best effort attempt for the end point to fill in the blanks.

    This would allow us to make our endpoints trainable based on user feedback.

    9 votes

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  6. It would be useful to allow smart home partners like Smartthings to turn off an alarm set on an Echo. For instance; if a motion sensor detects motion then turn off alarm so no voice control is necessary.

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  7. It would be good on the Test Alexa Simulator to be able to click on previous utterances to repeat them

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  8. Currently when enabling Beta testing for a skill, it is necessary to add the email addresses of the beta testers. They will then receive an invite, which will allow them to test the skill. The invite URL is not usable by anybody who has not been added to the list. It would be nice to be able to allow users to apply to be testers have with options for this to either be on an approval basis or open. This would then make it a lot easier to manage testers as it would not be necessary for us to obtain…

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  9. My amazon.de echo cannot recall one of my favorite radio stations from America. The station is 960 WHYL. No matter how I try to say the station, in English and german, alexa cannot play it and I have to use the app. Having the ability to assign another command, such as preset number, would be so helpful. So, I save 960 am as “preset 1”. Then ask Alexa to play preset 1 on Tunein. Thank you for your consideration.

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  10. Auto duck is a popular feature in audio mixing software like Audacity; it allows a track (A) to play at a desired volume while there is silence on another track (B). Whenever track B is NOT silent, track A automatically reduces its volume, allowing track B to be heard clearly, and both tracks to continue uninterrupted. A automatically returns to its default volume when B is silent once again, and so on for the duration of the track(s).

    Example:

    Track A: background music
    Track B: voiceover (VO) track - spoken phrases separated by variable-length periods of silence.
    This use case…

    8 votes

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  11. The new Proctive Events api has a limited number of specific schemas which greatly limits how customized the notification message can be.

    Can we get a "general" type of schema that allows a more flexible message? This would make notifications much more useful.

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  12. That, and combining triggers would make automating the home a breeze:
    If (temp > 75) and (weather_temp < 73): turn on window fan.

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  13. Currently you can not create a skill that can be triggered by activity detected by the motion sensor add-on the Amazon Flex supports. Please add this capability and then provide hooks in the AWS SDK to support it.

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  14. Now it's only possible to turn display off (black) when saying an Alexa command. I'm looking for a routine to make the display turn off and awake automatically. Why? I use Alexa as support for my mother which is suffering from dementia. She uses Alexa commands but she sometimes forgets that she can say "Alexa, turn off", so that she pulls the plug in order to get the display turn black...or she says "Alexa, go sleeping" but would forget to wake up Alexa in the morning with the effect that all the reminders would not work.

    Besides that I would…

    8 votes

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  15. Immagine you need to shut down the bedroom light AND THEN turn on the TV AND THEN rise up the volume ETC...

    Right now you have to say:
    Alexa... shut down the bedroom light... wait... OK....
    Alexa... turn on the TV ... wait... OK....
    Alexa... rise up the volume on the TV ... wait... OK...

    It would be wonderful to be able to concatenate Alexa actions, using some custom words like: COMMAND0 ['AND THEN' COMMAND1] ...['AND THEN' COMMAND_N]

    The word should be unique and it's higly suggested to be considered a RESERVED key which developer might not use…

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  16. Extend weather schemas to general local/civil warnings.

    Currently there are only some weather events for tornado, hurricane, snow sturm and thunder storm.

    But there are more (general) types that should be selectable. Like earthquake, terrorist attack, avalanche, flood, chemical accident and many more civil warnings.

    I think the weather alert should be convert to a local alert or something like this.

    8 votes

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  17. Firing an API just to know if required permissions are granted just adds to the latency and complexity of the whole process. Instead, we should get the list of permissions granted by the user in the request sent by ALEXA along with the other details.

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  18. ASK CLI just deploys Lambda functions using a standard default configuration. In order to change these settings, you have to go in the Lambda function that was created and customize its configuration to your needs, causing a revision id mismatch and ultimately requiring to force deploy the subsequent skill update.

    Would it possible to add custom Lambda function configuration settings, such as the basic settings (memory, timeout & description), role execution policy and environment variables, to the ask configuration file, potentially using part of the AWS CLI Lambda create function JSON skeleton object?

    {
    "FunctionName": "<functionName>",
    "Runtime": "nodejs8.10",
    "Role": "<role>",…

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  19. Let's say my user is ordering a burger:
    user: "I want a cheeseburger"
    alexa: "Alright. What toppings would you like?"
    user: "mayo, pickles and no onions"

    In this scenario I've got to create some number of custom topping slots. {topping1} {topping2} etc.. and then every iteration of sample utterances up to however many toppings might possibly exist on a burger.

    There has to be a better way. I don't want to ask the user for toppings one at a time until they say "no more, please". Collecting multiple values to the same slot would fix this.

    Next, in the same…

    8 votes

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  20. If you want to attract talent from anywhere in the world, you need to make the revenue possible anywhere in the world as well, as the viral interaction of that culture leads to the spreading of Alexa to other cultures around the world.

    This feels like a handicap and a reason to develop for the competition.

    We came up with 2 x creative ideas to monetize our Skill, only to be told of Alexa's limitations.

    1. Add a Amazon Kindle book to the users cart within the Skill. The Skill is not supporting the retail flow of Amazon products. Which should…

    8 votes

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